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EVERY PORTRAIT TELLS A STORY

When computer-analyst-by-day-artist-by-night Julia L. Kay ’83 invited fellow artists to draw each other via an online portrait drawing group, she had no idea how many, if any, would respond. Seven years later, almost 1,000 artists from 55 countries have contributed 50,000 creations to Kay’s international online collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP). A…

ON THE ROAD TOWARD EQUITY & INCLUSION

Wesleyan no longer stands out uniquely as “Diversity University,” but discussions about how to become a more equitable and inclusive community have produced results—and challenges. By 1964 the Civil Rights Movement had primed Wesleyan’s campus for change. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Had spoken at Commencement against segregation and indifference to poverty, shortly before the…

BIG CHALLENGES FOR NON PROFITS

Students in the class Nonprofits and Social Change heard from nonprofit executives about the challenges of scaling up to meet pressing social needs. WHEN A COUPLE OF GUYS brandishing baseball bats showed up in the lobby of the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) in 2001, demanding payment for an overdue bill, Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87 had a…

Study Abroad Student Photo Contest

The Center for Global Studies invited students studying abroad to use photography to reflect on their experiences. Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty voted for their favorite images, and winners were announced in February. Amélie Clémot ’18 took the Best Photograph of Place on a trip she took with international friends to Salar de Uyuni in…

The Prodigal Cannon

The Douglas Cannon has been part of Wesleyan’s history for 150 years—yet generations of students have come and gone without laying eyes on the peripatetic cannon. To celebrate its anniversary, herewith is a short primer: The 29.5-inch Douglas Cannon has been part of campus lore since 1867. Originally, it was fired on ceremonial occasions. In…

THE WRITE STUFF

This spring, Wesleyan will start a new chapter in its literary history with the opening of the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore on Main Street in downtown Middletown. The two-level, 12,000-square-foot open-course store will be managed by R.J. Julia Booksellers, an awardwinning, nationally recognized independent bookstore in Madison, Conn. According to Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78,…

Resource Center Takes Shape

Scheduled to open this coming fall, the new Resource Center is intended to serve Wesleyan students who feel themselves to be at risk, whether because of specific incidents on campus or from the persistent effects of historic discrimination or underrepresentation. The February report of the Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee envisions the space as “a…

STEADY PROGRESS

In 2013 Antonio Farias joined the staff as vice president for equity and inclusion, and Title IX officer. Building on the work of his predecessors, he and his colleagues in the Office for Equity & Inclusion have developed robust policies and procedures for handling Title IX complaints and educating the community about Title IX, and…

ALUMNI NEWS

What does it take to replicate the Wes experience of campuswide collaborations? Film and TV producer Sydney Lowe ’13 is amassing an army—an Art Girl Army (AGA). Begun in 2014, it was a small group of female friends working in different creative fields and meeting for dinner at Lowe’s Brookly apartment, talking through their artistic…

The Outlier

PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE. PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 has always seen things a little differently. When she recently met Abby Solomon, a 21-year-old with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from eating more than a few bites at a time, she didn’t focus on Solomon’s striking thinness, as many do. Instead…